​Oneida County History Center

Make Your Mark in History 

May 18-20, 2018

2018 Telethon ​presented by the Masonic Care Community

Membership is one of the most rewarding ways to experience Oneida County's past, present, and future.
Saturday, May 12 at 1:00 pm- Spring Trout & Strawberry Pancakes

Author William J. “Jay” O’Hern invites you to take a journey back to the old-time Adirondack camps and homesteads to meet backwoods characters and see some of the rough shelters built by guides. This program shares the stories of the characters and camps celebrated in his book Spring Trout and Strawberry Pancakes: Borrowed Tales, Quirky Cures, Camp Recipes and the Adirondack Characters Who Cook Them Up.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, May 18-20- Women in the Mohawk Valley: A History Conference

A three day event aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women’s issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speaker information, detailed schedule, and registration are available on www.WomenInTheMohawkValley.com.  CTLE credit available for eligible educators on 'My Learning Plan.'

Monday, June 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm- Gallery “Walk & Talk” - Home Sweet Home: Utica's Olmsted Garden Neighborhoods

Join exhibit creators Michael Lehman and Virginia Kelly for an indoor gallery “walk & talk”of Home Sweet Home: Utica’s Garden Neighborhoods, 1913-1929.  Explore the history of the South Utica neighborhoods designed by famed landscape architecture firm the Olmsted Brothers. Co-hosted by the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica.

Wednesday, June 6 at 5:30 pm- History Show & Tell

History show & tell returns to OCHC. Come share your story and the stage with special guest Frank Tomaino and your host, Joe Kelly. Bring an old photograph, personal artifact, or other memorabilia. Community members are invited ‘show & tell’ or just listen. Free and open to all ages. Call 315-735-3642 for more details. 

Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 pm- A Nest of Vipers and a Den of Devils: Antirevivalists and Religious Liberty in the Burned-Over District

Oneida County's significance during the Second Great Awakening as the "burned-over district" has long been long established, but many histories of this period often only consider those revivalists who welcomed evangelicalism and have neglected those who opposed the revivals with equal fervor. Join Dr. Peter Van Cleave to examine the arguments made by antirevivalists and the complex debate over religious liberty that emerged in the burned-over district during the 1820s.

A 3 day history conference aimed to highlight the role of women in local history and promote women's issues in the greater Mohawk Valley. Speakers will include experts in women’s studies and history, and community leaders that are currently shaping the Mohawk Valley. More information available on www.womeninthemohawkvalley.com

13th annual ochc telethon raises over $24,000!

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Tuesday-Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Saturday, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Research Library & Exhibits Closed Saturday, May 19 for Women in MV History conference

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The Oneida County History Center raised over $24,000 during our 13th annual telethon held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6:30-8:00 pm. The telethon was broadcast live on WUTR-TV from the history center’s main gallery and encouraged community members and organizations to call in and pledge; $24,495.00 in new memberships, membership renewals, and donations were received.  Thank you to the many individuals and organizations who showed their support. 
Several organizations, businesses, and individuals were recognized during the broadcast as part of the ‘Historical Star’ board and special check presentations. The history center staff, volunteers, and board of trustees would like extend a special thanks our Naming, Major, Gold, and Silver Star sponsors.
Welcome to the Oneida County History Center, where history is yours to discover, explore, and enjoy!